Singapore has top-notch medical facilities and leads the list of best medical systems in Southeast Asia. However, sometimes, if you have to get a major planned surgery or procedure, it wouldn’t hurt considering a cheaper alternative. You could look at getting it done at another country, obviously without compromising on the quality of the treatment. Also, if you are planning to relocate or retire in another country, it would be a good idea to check the price and quality of medical treatments there. Here are some of the best alternatives to Singapore for getting a cheaper medical procedure:
Thailand is the first choice of many when it comes to getting a medical treatment of top quality at rock bottom prices. The Thai medical sector serves thousands of patients from the US, Western Europe, and eastern Mediterranean region every year. Most of the doctors in Thailand have been trained in western countries or Singapore. Also, with Asia’s leading hospitals such as Bumrungrad International Hospital (with JCI accreditation) and the chain of Samitivej Hospitals in Thailand, you could be assured of the quality of the treatments. The large variety of flight options to and from the Thai capital Bangkok and the relatively weak Thai currency both boost the medical industry of the country.
Medical procedures: Heart surgeries, orthopaedic procedures, dental procedures, and cosmetic procedures.
With a low cost of infrastructure, weak currency, and many trained doctors, India is the perfect place to get a quality medical procedure done. There is no dearth of excellent private hospitals in India and with English being widely spoken, language isn’t a barrier either. Many foreigners head to India for heart and joints surgeries.
Chennai is the ‘health capital of India’ and offers many top-grade hospitals such as Apollo Hospitals and Sri Ramachandra Medical Center. With no major visa issues and multiple flight options available, India’s medical industry is witnessing exceptional growth in patients from across borders. India is also home to various alternative treatments with internationally renowned organisations such as Jindal Naturecure Institute that uses nature, Ayurveda, acupuncture, and other methods to heal.
Medical procedures: Heart and joint surgeries, non-allopathy treatments for major diseases
If you want a quick, hassle-free and cheap medical procedure, head to Malaysia. This neighbour boasts of good and affordable healthcare services, medical institutes with state-of-the-art facilities and tight regulation by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
According to the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), the country welcomed over 850,000 healthcare travellers between 2011 and 2015. The demand for orthopaedic treatments is growing too. With the low cost of living and easy accessibility, Malaysia is a great choice for a planned medical procedure.
Medical procedures: Cardiology, Oncology and IVF
4. South Korea
Apart from being known for funky pop songs and cosmetics, South Korea is a growing market for medical tourism. People from across the globe fly there for getting top-class plastic and cosmetic procedures done. Seoul is the centre for this, offering many excellent and safe hospital options.
With super-specialty hospitals, such as Seoul National University Hospital and Asan Medical Center Seoul, South Korea is becoming a new favourite for getting checks such as CT scans and MRIs. The low cost of treatment, advanced technology, and easy connectivity with the rest of the world makes South Korea a great alternative to Singapore.
Medical procedures: Cosmetic surgery, MRIs
However, if you still willingly or due to some reasons cannot go out of Singapore for medical procedures, make sure you have the right health insurance. It is also a good idea to maintain an emergency fund, so that if there is an urgent expense, your regular finances do not go for a toss.
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